John Lewis brings star Buster to life

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 November 2016
Buster the boxer dog

Buster the boxer dog

Fans of Buster the boxer dog - the star of John Lewis' Christmas advert - can now bounce around with the lovable pooch and his woodland friends with the help of virtual reality

John Lewis have brought Buster the boxer dog to life.

Fans of the pooch - who is the star of this year's John Lewis Christmas advert - have the chance to bounce along with Buster's woodland friends with the help of an Oculus Rift headset.

Shoppers can head to the fourth floor of John Lewis' flagship store in London to join foxes Otto and Olivia, Betsy the badger, Halle the hedgehog and Sid the squirrel bouncing around on the trampoline whilst also being able to control their movements through the virtual reality system.

For those who can't make it to the store, Google Cardboard and a 360 degree video, which is available on YouTube, can be used to explore the back garden through Buster's eyes.

And Snapchat users will be thrilled to find Boxer making an appearance on the app too as the department store have also sponsored a filter featuring the loveable dog, which allows users to morph into the animal. Those using Twitter can also add pictures of Buster and his friends onto their photographs.

In the festive advert, which was released on Thursday (10.11.16) morning, Buster watches Bridget bouncing on her bed as dad is busy outside constructing her Christmas present - a huge trampoline.

Once back inside and sitting in front of the TV with his wife, the father doesn't see the woodland creatures start bouncing on the trampoline but Boxer has noticed and watches sadly from inside the house.

When Bridget wakes up in the morning and is greeted with the huge surprise, she makes a dash for the trampoline, only for Buster to run past her and jump around on the toy.

As Bridget looks back to her shocked parents, the store's strapline - 'Gifts that everyone will love' - appears on the screen.

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